One of the first mamas that really inspired me to get into babywearing was Rose from Carry Them. She was the first person I had seen rock a baby wrap in such a rad way. She was a source of inspiration for myself and many other parents- if you check out the #carrythem tag on Instagram, you’ll agree! It’s awesome to see that she and two other visual geniuses have created a new wrap brand, Kokoro. When I first saw the name appear online, I was immediately excited. I knew that anything coming from Rose was going to be unique and high quality. Having been able to play with a couple testers, I find this to be absolutely true. These wraps are beautifully designed and are made in the Netherlands. If you haven’t checked out their Facebook page, you should- I’ve been loving the process photos that are posted regularly and it’s just making me oh so excited for the upcoming release.
The first wrap I was able to play with was a beautiful handwoven collaboration between Kokoro and ETLA threadworks named Vintage Unicorn. I really really love this one and don’t want to send it back at all, it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! It’s made from Tussah silk, and in my experience Tussah Silk is quite supportive. The Tussah Silk sling that I have is my favorite for my heavy toddler and Vintage Unicorn proved just as sturdy. At first, I was afraid to use it. The weave seems very delicate, almost like lace. The moment I tossed Odin onto my back and began to wrap with it though, I realized that this wrap was much more sturdy than I originally thought. I think the unique tweed-esque weave makes it so. The weave also makes it just a tad grippy but also very light, tying knots was a breeze and spreading second passes across Odin’s back was very simple.
After wrapping my soon to be two year old, I was surprised at how comfortable I was. He was giggling the entire time, so I’m pretty sure that concludes his review. The colors are divine. When I first saw this wrap posted to the Kokoro Facebook page, I’m pretty sure I gasped. These are my colors! The wrap was designed to reflect Kokoro’s colors and I think it turned out beautifully. I know carrier colors play a huge role in my carrier-buying decisions and I feel as though multi colored wraps are often hard to match, but these tones are so beautifully subdued. You really can wear this wrap with anything- from casual wear to formal. This wrap is the epitome of luxury.
The Second wrap sent to me was Kairos. One of two of the first designs that I have seen from Kokoro. Kairos and Koneko are the two designs that really captured my heart and made me fall a little bit in love with Kokoro. Seeing Kairos in person made me fall completely. The design is unlike anything else I’ve seen in this field, very sophisticated and classic. The shapes remind me of little Japanese fans, or the very classic geometric shapes I saw while visiting Japan when I was younger. The color is also very vivid and the wrap looks amazing with either side facing out.
This particular tester of Kairos is made from 100% organic cotton. It’s extremely sturdy and the weave seems very dense to me, but still easy to wrap with since day one. The first day of it’s arrival, I tossed Odin on my back in a quick ruck so that I could feed the chickens and tend to some things in the garden. It was very supportive from that very first wrap. I’ve used it a few times since then and it seems to be growing more moldable with each wear. This wrap is much thicker than some other cotton wraps I’ve tried, but more supportive with my 33 pound toddler. Thicker may not be the best way to put it, but in comparison to some of the other cotton wraps I’ve tried, the denseness in the weave is noticeably sturdier. I think the wrap holding up well is a fairer statement. The few cotton wraps I’ve tried would dig into my shoulders, but the closer weave in this cotton wrap makes the shoulders feel almost padded. Odin is only two but is over half my height, so I’m always on the lookout for sturdier wraps like this. The weave is smooth and very tight knit which plays a huge role in the comfort level with heavier bubs. The grip of the fabric makes knotless finishes easy, and (although it isn’t photographed) a tibetan tied ruck was my go to.
Above all, the quality in these wraps is exquisite. You can tell that craftsmanship is held in high regard in Kokoro’s eyes and these wraps will be nothing short of perfect when released. From the hemming of the rails to the designs to the placement and design of the tags (don’t even get me started on the adorable furoshiki to wrap the wraps in), these wraps are absolute quality. I’m so grateful to the Kokoro team for giving me the opportunity to play with these beauties. It will be very hard to let them go, but I will eagerly be awaiting their official release.
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